WATCH: SA makes top 20 cheapest global destinations list - Twice!

2017-03-24 13:18 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Are you itching to travel but too cash-strapped to do so? 

You're in luck. The Economist Intelligence Unit's bi-annual report of the world's most and least expensive cities to live in has just been revealed and for South Africans, the news is twice as good. 

Both Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng are listed as the world's least expensive cities to live in, ranking in 16th and 11th place respectively. Joburg's 16th place is tied with two other cities, namely Asunción in Paraguay and Kathmandu in Nepal. 

Singapore topped the list as the world's most expensive destination, while Almaty in Kazakhstan sits at the other end of the spectrum. 

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The report warns, however, that cheap is not always cheerful...

"As Lagos and Almaty prove, an increasing number of locations are becoming cheaper because of the impact of political or economic disruption. And although the Indian subcontinent (which cities' feature most as the world's cheapest) remains structurally cheap, instability is becoming an increasingly prominent factor in lowering the relative cost of living of a location," they say.

"This means that there is a considerable element of risk in some of the world’s cheapest cities. Put simply, cheaper cities tend also to be less liveable."

South Africa's Joburg and Pretoria certainly have their dark sides, but overall these proudly South African hubs are bursting with tourism opportunities and rich South African culture. 

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